In the wake of the release of 50 men from detention in Brisbane, the Commission has prepared an information sheet to help supporters to provide assistance to people seeking asylum who do not get income or accommodation support from the Government. In particular, we are asking for help to support the ASRA Program with donations and also advocacy with State MPs for continued funding for ASRA.
The Commission has issued its annual report for 2020.
The Commission has called for Australian Government action to pressure the Indonesian Government to end widespread human rights abuses in West Papua. This follows the arrest of over 50 Papuans attending a Papuan People’s Assembly meeting to evaluate the special autonomy program and funding.
The Archdiocese of Brisbane is a partner organisation in the Queensland Community Alliance. The Leaders Council of the Alliance has endorsed a MaroonPrint which outlines the vision and principles it wants to guide the reconstruction of Queensland after the pandemic.
The Commission calls for a focus on the needs of people on the margins as Australia emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
You are invited to participate in an on-line event to celebrate the launch of the Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year in Oceania. It will take place this Friday, 5 June, World Environment Day, 4:30 – 5:30 PM Brisbane time. Fr Joshtrom Kureethadam from the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development and Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, Archbishop of Suva, will be special guests. See link to flyer below for more details. Please register for this event and we will send you the Zoom link. Once you’ve registered, we’ll send you the Zoom link. Just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register. [Please register by COB Thursday, 4 June. Thank you to those who have already registered, you will receive a Zoom link soon.]
Our doors may be closed, but our hearts remain open. In this time of restrictions on gathering and movement, it is vital that we in the Church reach out to each other to provide support when it is needed. As the body of Christ, we must also try to support those in our community who are vulnerable or are struggling to cope with a loss of employment, income or social support. Here are some information to help people most affected by the pandemic and the restrictions put in place. It is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it does include some information which will be helpful to people affected by the pandemic or to you when you are offering support to vulnerable people. For more information, contact Peter Arndt (Executive Officer, Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Brisbane) on email@example.com.
The Archdiocese of Brisbane has released resources to help Catholics to focus on the call to ecological conversion in Lent 2020.
In recent months, a series of anti-racism demonstrations took place in West Papua. Dozens were killed and arrested and a number of buildings were damaged. A recent report by Papuan churches provides details of the demonstrations. It includes eyewitness accounts of the involvement of Indonesian migrants in the planning and initiation of the violence and vandalism associated with the demonstrations.